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Top hair trend 2022: eighteenth century wigs (Rousse)

Belle and I admired one another in the mirror. Conferences were so much more fun now that eighteenth century headgear was all the rage. We were most impressed when ET joined us, balancing on her head a tottering powdered Georgian … Continue reading

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An ancestor in oil (Rousse)

The famous art critic presented a slide of an eighteenth century oil painting of a lady in a posh dress and hat. As soon as he revealed her her name, I was convinced that she was one of my ancestors. … Continue reading

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How to tell if a cameo brooch is fake (Rousse)

Granny H pressed the brown cameo brooch into my hand. ‘Here, have this’ she said. I was pleased to take it, but I knew that I would never wear it. Where there should have been two white engravings there was … Continue reading

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Visual aid throw-back (Rousse)

Green pen in hand, it wasn’t until I was on my tenth acetate that it dawned on me that it would make more sense to create the visual aids for my conference presentation in PowerPoint. It was the twenty-first century … Continue reading

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Preservation of a seventeenth century drugs hoard (Rousse)

DT danced down the hall to ‘oldies’ on my ancient iPhone 3. Then she boogied into the bathroom where she picked up a blister pack of tablets. ‘Oh, let’s try these!’ she called to WB. ‘Not so fast’ I said. … Continue reading

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A trip to Thistledown Street (Rousse)

The first thing that I noticed when I turned the corner into the crescent was that the ugly modern lamp-posts had been replaced. The new ones took the form of old-style gas lamps, and looked lovely. Then I spotted the … Continue reading

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Seventeenth century speech in the modern era (Rousse)

Although fun to begin with, it eventually became rather tedious to keep up conversation in seventeenth century speak, especially for anachronistic tasks such as booking rail tickets.

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Teenager drowns in bog (Rousse)

Driving from the back seat, TPR managed to spot a parking space not far from the market and other attractions. When we left the car and started to walk back towards town I noticed a sinister sign. Somewhere beneath us … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’ wife ponders the impracticalities of the Victorian sex scene (Rousse)

By now I had completely lost track of the characters in this Victorian melodrama. I was mixing up the real lives of the actors with those of the people that they portrayed. As Charles Dickens’ wife you’d think that I’d … Continue reading

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